Monday, December 30, 2013

2014 Dues and Brotherhood Membership

From our Chapter Adviser:


Brothers,

I understand some of us like to wait to the last minute before we act.  If you did your ordeal in 2013 or earlier you will owe 2014 dues.  The dues are $10 per year or $8 if paid before the start of the year (now).

So the new year starts in 3 days. If you attended Pow Wow your 2014 dues were included in the event fee.  If you need to pay 2014 dues please consider paying now and saving $2.  You can pay online at the Lodge website Mowogo.org (click to pay dues on the menu on the left side of the page) (user name 243mowogo - password Alto2013 (the password is case sensitive)), you could mail your check to the Lodge at PO Box 316, Oakwood, GA 30566 or you could mail your check to me at 4471 Lucerne Place, Lilburn, GA 30047.

If you are an Ordeal member please consider becoming a Brotherhood member. There will be opportunities at Spring Fellowship, March 21-23, and Precamp, May 16-18 both at CRM and April 5th at Scoutland.  More to come on what is needed to become a brotherhood member.

Please let me know if you have questions.




Monday, November 25, 2013

Rapid Response

Mowogo lodge has put an electronic system in place for troops to schedule OA elections.  This allows us to send an election team to show a video and run their election.

Sometimes, we get a request on fairly short notice.  But, our Brothers are resilient, and we can usually field a team whenever it is needed.  In November, the Vice Chief of Membership presided over three elections.  There were even more than that, but other Brothers were able to cover them.




Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Vice Chief of...Visiting

My son, the chapter's Vice Chief of Membership (VCM) went on one of his last troop visits recently to run their Ordeal election.

While it is sometimes challenging to schedule time and transportation for his election activities, I always like the chance to visit other troops and connect with other adult leaders.

On this visit I had the chance to chat with a Wood Badge buddy and compare notes on our tickets.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

2013 Mowogo Pow Wow - Day 3 Wrap Up

On Day 3, we had breakfast, religious service, and a nice side-trip to Tallulah Gorge.






2013 Mowogo Pow Wow - Day 2 Native Costumes

I always called the finery we wear "regalia."  I am now told that it is better (and somehow more respectful) to call it "native costumes."  Ok.  So be it.

Costumes were minimal this year because the team dance competition did not require it.  However, some elaborate costumes were still to be seen.














2013 Mowogo Pow Wow - Day 2 Dancing

On Day 2, we dodged the rain and danced and ate and danced and ate.











2013 Mowogo Pow Wow - Day 1

We just got back from the 2013 Mowogo Pow Wow at Camp Rainey Mountain in Clayton, Georgia.  Of course, it rained.  All day.  Non-stop.

Still, we had plenty of places to hide from the rain, and there was plenty of food and fun.  The spirit of brotherhood was strong.



Opening ceremony.

Opening ceremony.

Opening ceremony.

Opening ceremony.

Opening ceremony.

Opening campfire.

Copperhead on his way home at sunset.



Thursday, September 12, 2013

Last Dance

Tonight was the last chapter meeting before Pow Wow.  Our dance team had one last chance to practice the Ribbon Dance.  Wish them luck.
 




Saturday, August 10, 2013

Shiny and Purty

My son's first OA dance was at the SR9 conclave in 2013 at Bert Adams Scout Camp.  Part of native dancing is using decorated "hand items" to attract attention.

In our campsite that weekend, I found a lovely piece of wood that I later peeled and cured and sanded as a gift for him.  He can use it has a "hand item" in a future dance.

I added some clear sealer today that really revealed the grain.  Next, he'll be decorating it.  Stay tuned.








Ribbon Dance

We had our Lau-in-nih Chapter meeting a few days ago.  We planned for the upcoming Mowogo Lodge Pow Wow at Camp Rainey Mountain, and we ate a prodigious amount of ice cream.

Our dance team practiced the ribbon dance.  It's quite intricate, and requires more practice than you'd think.